As Monsanto's Roundup litigation moves forward, Brent Wisner, the attorney representing plaintiff De Wayne Johnson, asked a California Jury to grant his client $412 million as damages for the alleged non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) he developed while working as a groundskeeper and spraying Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Prov herbicides.
The plaintiff’s attorney asked the 16-member jury to award $39 million in compensatory damages and $373 million in punitive damages. Johnson's case headed for trial on July 9, 2018, in the Superior Court for the County of San Francisco; it is also the first Roundup cancer lawsuit that went to trial.
In July this year, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, presiding over the roundup multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2741; In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation) cleared the general causation phase to allow plaintiffs to prove that exposure to glyphosate in Roundup causes NHL in humans. While Monsanto continues to deny glyphosate is carcinogenic, about 2,200 lawsuits are pending against it in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.